Upper Elementary students will enjoy this exciting introduction into science fiction as Pattie boards a ship leaving Earth!
Pattie and her family are on the last ship to leave a dying Earth, and after a four-year journey they reach their new home on a distant planet. Unsure what dangers they may face, the colonists emerge to find hard, unfamiliar plants in a still, silent, but beautiful world. They build homes and begin farming as their supplies dwindle, desperately hoping their crops will grow and be edible in this strange, new world. Young Pattie and the other children explore their new home discovering the wonders of dewfall, moth people, and tree candy as the adults struggle. Pattie's little green book—dark green silky boards covered with gold tooling and filled with empty sheets—becomes her record of their journey and their new life.
Through Jill Paton Walsh’s enthralling science fiction tale for young reader’s, students will learn:
Author Biography: Learn about Jill Paton Walsh.
Before-You-Read Activities: Read other pioneering books, travel plans, memory photos, make a journal.
Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: In-context, similes, idioms, metaphor, mood, synonyms, imagery, foreshadowing, repetition, alliteration, juxtaposition, conflict, theme, circular narrative.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: making plans, working with friends, teamwork, work, rules, personal value, do not worry, trust in God, God’s providence, courage, hospitality, suicide and murder, despair vs. hope, sharing,
Activities and Writing Assignments including planning forum, computer research, gravity, science and wind, rain cycle, jellyfish, oil lamps, marine aquariums, science video recommendations, fairytales, boredom ideas, tree candy, hopscotch, cooking grain, pancakes, Venn diagramming, wordsearch, mystery word message, crossword, crystal gardens, maple syrup, gardening, spin thread, fire opals, creative writing journal, creative writing sequel, poetry performance, persuasive paper, flatbread and muffins.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We include an in-depth reading list of more plays by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, The Green Book.
All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!